Peploe first visited the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides in 1894 and this work was created during his final trip to the island in 1903. Peploe's early landscape painting was invariably small in scale, painted directly in front of his subject on standard-size small, wooden panels. This painting encapsulates Peploe’s desire to depict the essence of the scene before him. The paint is applied in broad, fluid motions, creating the impression of a rolling landscape of grass, sea and beach. Smearing colours on top of each other without waiting for the paint to dry has resulted in large areas of creamy impasto.


  • Title: Barra
  • Creator: Samuel John Peploe
  • Date Created: 1903
  • Physical Location: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
  • Location Created: Barra, Scotland
  • Physical Dimensions: h 16.10, w 23.80 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/copyright-image-licensing
  • External Link: See this work at nationalgalleries.org
  • Medium: Oil on panel
  • Art Genre: Landscape
  • Art Movement: Scottish Colourists
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Support: Panel
  • Depicted Location: Barra, Scotland
  • Depicted Topic: Meadows

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